Prepare a canned or dry puppy food porridge mixed with puppy milk substitute or water. Look for a well-known, brand-name puppy food that isn't grain-free. The ideal is to use the same brand of food that the mother dog eats. Weaning should begin when puppies are between three and four weeks old.
The sooner the puppies are weaned, the lower the stress for the mother and the sooner she will return to her normal state. Puppies can be treated for worms starting at two weeks of age, but it is most common to treat them at three and six weeks of age. Sometimes the puppies' mother will already be eating a puppy food to provide additional nutrition and this can be helpful, as puppies can watch her eat and learn from her behavior. In the first few weeks after puppies are born, it is essential to check their stool samples because intestinal parasites can be transmitted from mother to puppy through breast milk.
However, as puppies reach their fourth week, you can introduce softer foods instead of milk, such as porridge or porridge. The discomfort of breastfeeding teething puppies can cause the mother to walk away before her puppies are fully satisfied. Getting some kind of enclosure or playpen to provide puppies with a space to release their accumulated energy can go a long way in protecting your furniture and preventing destructive habits. You may notice that your mother dog has less energy, especially around 6 or 8 weeks because the demands on her body and the rapid growth that puppies are experiencing take a lot away from her.
Many veterinary experts and pet nutritionists suggest that the mother dog should have good levels of omega-3 fatty acids and a nutrient-rich diet that helps support the development of her puppies. Separating puppies from their mother can also cause anxiety about the separation of puppies, so gradually introducing these situations is essential to maintaining their mental and emotional health. When the mother is reunited with her puppies, allow her to lick the rest of the food on the plate and lick the puppies clean. Weaning describes the transition of the puppy's diet from breast milk to the puppy's solid growth diet.
In nature, weaning begins naturally as soon as puppies begin to develop their teeth, usually at three to four weeks of age. By week seven or eight, their milk production will cease without stimulation from nursing puppies once they are fully weaned. Until this time, breast milk provides hydration and nutrition, so starting at three weeks, make sure puppies have access to a shallow plate with fresh water. Around 6 weeks, puppies generally become more playful and unruly and can also cause more clutter.